Lara Johnston / Press

“This Cover Of Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’ Is Better Than The Original (Video) Sam Smith is undoubtedly taking the world by storm. Compared to other artists this year, he’s made 2014 his bitch. His popularity has inspired dozens to create their own versions of his amazing songs, and today I bring you what may be the best cover of any song I have ever heard. No — I am not exaggerating. Get the tissues ready, because this song will bring you to tears. Lara Johnson absolutely nails it when singing along with The New Velvet. Happy Friday, ya’ll. Enjoy this, you deserve it! PS: I’ve been listening to this on repeat for the past three hours, that’s how great it is.”

“Lara Johnston Interview http://youtu.be/OcuLTJRY4rU”

“GRAND PRIZE WINNER LARA JOHNSTON SETS THE BAR IN INAUGURAL UNSIGNED ONLY MUSIC COMPETITION Cyndi Lauper, Robert Smith (The Cure), St. Vincent, Kenny Rogers, and 3 Doors Down Are Among the Judges - Unsigned Only is pleased to announce its winners selected from almost 7,500 entries worldwide. The Grand Prize, Unsigned Only’s highest honor, goes to San Francisco, CA artist Lara Johnston with the song, “K.I.S.S.” Johnston was the highest scoring artist overall in the competition and a favorite among the judges. Upon learning the news, she stated, “The Unsigned Only Competition presents truly unique, hands-on opportunities for an undiscovered artist like myself, and I'm beyond honored and excited to be recognized as their first Grand Prize winner!” What makes Lara Johnston so captivating, aside from her girl-next-door beauty, is her powerful voice, dynamic stage presence, creative spirit, and great songwriting.  She has shared the bill”

“Today’s Fresh Pick on Daily Unsigned, Lara Johnston pulls her inspiration and style from an era of music where the stylistic and soulful vocals commanded their attention in the songs that were crafted. Lara Johnston has mastered the art of storytelling using her breathy and emotionally driven vocals…I am sure that you too will be captured in her net as well. Emotionally driven!”